iGaming Ban Receives Approval in Australia

iGaming Ban Receives Approval in Australia

Bad news for Australian players who love online gambling. Senators in Australia have agreed to an iGaming ban, approving the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016. The bill amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 and will make online casino and online poker illegal across the nation.

The new bill is set to go into effect within 30 days. That being said, according to local press reports, a planned blocking of the ISP's of unlicensed operators targeting Australian players will not be taking place in the near future.

The bill quickly passed through the upper house of the Australian Parliament, only a week after the Participation of Australians in Online Poker hearing was held by the Senate's Environment and Communications References Committee. The hearing invited testimony from local online poker players and other interested parties. The hearing asked these individuals to give their opinion on whether online poker should be banned or excluded from the iGaming ban.

Some, like Senator David Leyonhjelm, have argued that online poker should not be classified in the same way as casino games because poker is a game of skill. The senator, who has long been the chief advocate for maintaining the legalization of online poker, has been pushing for the development of a regulated online market composed of proper taxation and monitoring instead of a widespread ban on these services.

Leyonhjelm hasn't had any success and many operators are not interested in sticking around. 888poker, PokerStars, and Gaming Innovation all fled Australia's online poker market prior to the passing of the bill. Now, with an imminent iGaming ban, more operators will certainly follow suit and no longer accept players from Australia.

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